Welcome! The Senior Bowl is just a couple of days away, and I thought I would just give a mock draft update before the game. As always if you have any questions I am more than happy to clarify them on Twitter. @tdashwebb42
The college football season finished off with LSU taking the crown vs Clemson, and now we only have the Senior Bowl, Pro Days, and NFL Combine to as draft tools going forward. With only one game left in the NFL season we know pretty much exactly how the draft order will be (barring trades), and we can really get a sense of who are real targets for what teams.
This mock draft will be two rounds deep, and there has been a lot of shake up since my last mock draft I posted. I will be posting an updated version of my NFL Big Board that will go along with this Mock Draft. If you want to see how things switched up from v.5, check them out below.
4. New York Giants, Jerry Jeudy
Earlier in the year I had the Giants taking Jeudy with the 3rd overall pick in the draft, and five months later its back. While Daniel Jones needs to be protected, I really have grown on the thought to grab a proven tackle from free agency instead of taking one over a player like Jeudy. He will give everything back that the Giants gave away when trading OBJ. Plus the Giants have plenty of money to spend, nearly $70 million, so if they really want to they can sign their big name tackle and someone like Randall Cobb or Robby Anderson along with him.
7. Carolina Panthers, Andrew Thomas
With Andrew Thomas slipping compared to my last few mock drafts I have the Panthers selecting him with their 7th overall pick. Passing on Derrick Brown is hard, but if Matt Rhule, and Joe Brady really want their offense at max potential they got to keep Cam healthy. Andrew Thomas can play either side of the line for the Panthers, and his run blocking will only give McCaffrey more room to work with.
12. Las Vegas Raiders, Derrick Brown
The Raiders would be throwing a party in the green room if this happens. In the last decade we saw five defensive tackles taken in the Top 10, so seeing a fall like this could be realistic. Brown is the perfect partner next to Maruice Hurst and what Jon Gruden wants from a defensive tackle. He can do everything, and most importantly, he is a great “football guy”.
13. Indianapolis Colts, Jordan Love
This is something I have seen pick up steam as of the last few weeks, and the more I think about it, the more I love it. Jordan Love has all the talent you would want from a quarterback, but just needs that coaching to help make it consistent. This is just too similar to where Kansas City was three seasons ago when they took Mahomes to not take the risk. The Colts have Brissett for another year to see what you have out of him and Love will be able to get adjusted as well.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars, Laviska Shenault Jr.
No matter who is going to be quarterback for the Jags, they need better weapons. D.J. Chark was a nice surprise for Jacksonville but no one else has really been able to stand out. Laviska Shenault would probably be the most talented receiver they have drafted since Justin Blackmon, and he won’t have any baggage coming with him. They already took care of their defense with the first pick, now they can help bring some “Boom.” to this offense.
27. Seattle Seahawks, Henry Ruggs III
Seattle went with Tyler Johnson last mock draft but with the rumor he isn’t impressing NFL scouts the same way I have viewed him I believe he could slip a bit out the 1st round. Henry Ruggs has tons of upside, and gives you a stupid fast receiving group between Lockett, Metcalf, and now Ruggs III. Russell Wilson is really put together an amazing season, and I believe it would be smart to get him as many weapons as possible.
30. Green Bay Packers, Malik Harrison
The Packers got run over in the NFC Championship, and no one wanted to come up and tackle those 49er running backs. Malik Harrison won’t have that problem. Blake Martinez is going to be a big free agent, and either way he was there getting run over too. Drafting Harrison is probably one of the smarter picks they could make sitting at 30.
32. San Francisco 49ers, Mekhi Becton
Mekhi Becton is someone I recently fell in love with after watching his tape closer. He is going to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest player in this class, and is someone who jumped high up my board. He is a monster in the run game, which is perfect for what the 49ers do, and will give them insurance if Joe Staley calls it a career this off season.
Tyler Eifert isn’t going to be worth bringing back next year, and will always be someone you worry about an injury from. This gives Zac Taylor a new vertical threat tight end to work with that can be his Gerald Everett.
If the Panthers walk out the first two rounds with Andrew Thomas and Jordan Elliott, they would be major candidates for the best draft so far. Elliott is someone that has been flying up my draft board the more I watch him, and is right but there with Javon Kinlaw as far as talent goes.
The Chicago Bears have already said Mitchell Trubisky is going to be there starting quarterback for 2020, but that doesnt mean to avoid the position this off-season. By drafting Jacob Eason you not only could light the fire needed for Trubisky to excel, if he flops again you have his replacement ready to go. Eason could use a year on the bench anyway to help grow for the NFL.
I will be releasing my Dallas Cowboys Off-Season To-Do List soon, and in it, I describe how Dallas will probably have to move on from Byron Jones if they want to re-sign Cooper and Prescott. Cameron Dantzler is a long corner that is a willing tackler in space. His height gives him the ability to lower your receiver’s jump ball chances.
The Falcons have been saying all year they want to retain Austin Hooper, and are still working on a contract extension with him. Hooper is coming off a career year though with Atlanta, and I wouldn’t be surprised if another team is able to pull him away. Cole Kmet has 1st round talent, but a small sample size and possible injury concerns could bring him down to the 2nd round.
Michael Pittman Jr is a long, jump ball king at receiver and gives Lamar Jackson a giant catch radius to target. He reminds me a lot of Mike Williams whenever he was at Clemson. With that kind of upside, Pittman would be a steal at the end of round two.